Is it acceptable to treat water as a private commodity?
I disagree with the view that it is acceptable to treat water as a private commodity.
I have two reasons to support my opinion.
First, it would lead to much higher water charge. One of the causes of this is that water suppliers don’t have competition with other companies. This means that water suppliers may make a decision to raise the price of water so much to make large amounts of profits after the privatization. If this does happen, then people in dire poverty wouldn’t have an access to drinking water, leading to serious diseases or even deaths.
Second, it would lower the quality of water. Because of the super-aging society and low birthrate, population of Japan is estimated to decrease dramatically. This is one of the signs that the revenue for water suppliers would decrease in the future. Under the circumstance, they can’t afford to hire more numbers of workers. So, the number of employees with technical expertise would diminish, contributing to lower quality of water.
From these reasons, I don’t think that treating water as a private commodity is a good idea. (184 words)